Fitbit charge 4
The world of wearables might be dominated by smartwatches, but a few companies are still championing the fitness tracker form factor. Fitness trackers are Fitbit’s bread and butter, so it’s a big deal when the company launches a new one.
The Fitbit Charge 4 is unsurprisingly another solid device from the (soon to be) Google-owned company. But should you buy it over a smartwatch? And what about cheaper options like the Xiaomi Mi Band 4? Find out why Fitbit’s tracker is our top pick in our full Fitbit Charge 4 review.
- Built-in GPS
- Optical heart rate sensor
- SpO2 sensor
- Automatic run detection
- Active Zone Minutes
The Fitbit Charge 4 is probably the most feature-packed fitness tracker you can find right now. We can thank Fitbit for listening to feedback from its users.
The big news this year is that Fitbit has finally (finally!) added built-in GPS to the Fitbit Charge 4. We’ve literally been asking for this for years. Now, you no longer need to piggyback off your phone’s GPS to get accurate pace, distance, and cadence metrics. This is huge for runners.
Fitbit included a total of seven GPS activities on the Charge 4, which include running, walking, biking, hiking, and a new outdoor workout mode that acts as a catch-all for various other outdoor exercises. However, the Charge 4 can only hold six activity shortcuts out of the box. That means if you want to track swimming, though you don’t frequently use that activity, you need to delete a shortcut from inside the Fitbit app and add the swimming shortcut. Annoying, but not a huge gripe
Sleek, customizable design
Good battery life
Fitbit Pay now standard on all models
Sleep tracking is fantastic
(Mostly) accurate GPS and heart rate sensors